The early window of games on Sunday featured remarkable comeback wins by the Dolphins and Jets and the Cardinals closed the afternoon window with another one.
After falling behind 20-0 and 23-7, the Cardinals scored the final 16 points of regulation to force overtime and then beat the Raiders 29-23 when cornerback Byron Murphy returned a fumble for a touchdown. Quarterback Kyler Murray threw his first interception during a dismal first half, but he was the motor for the team’s rally.
Murray threw a touchdown to Greg Dortch in the third quarter and then scrambled back and forth across the field to score a two-point conversion after the second Arizona touchdown. Murray then ran for a score on the final play of regulation before hitting A.J. Green for the game-tying two-pointer and threw a great pass to Hollywood Brown on fourth down in overtime, but Brown couldn’t hold on after a hit by 49ers safety Duron Harmon.
After the game, Murray was asked about his mindset in the second half.
“I had to take over . . . had to do whatever it took to win. That was my mindset,” Murray said, via Paul Calvisi of ArizonaSports 98.7.
Murray’s efforts allowed the Cardinals to avoid an 0-2 start and the team will be hoping that he can keep things going when they host the Rams in Week Three.